Belle de Jour: Let’s Play Makeup with Anne-Fleur!

Hey everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend! I’m SO impossibly glad that this one is over. I honestly think the stars were not properly aligned, because a lot of people I know had a rough one! But anyways, if you also had it hard let’s just rejoice it’s over!

A while ago my bestie HM thought it was a good idea to chat up girls on the train and ask them if they wanted to have a makeup play date. Basically the idea is that they could check my stash out, maybe get some new ideas, and have a nice girly time together. I in return get to see (and show you guys) how the pieces look on different skin tones!

That’s how she found Anne-Fleur, our belle de jour. She is finishing her studies in the same town, and she’s one of the rare girls who actually do wear some makeup on a daily basis. She’s extremely nice, smart, and cute!

As I might have told you guys, not so many people in the university town where I live wear makeup. For some reason the general consensus is that if you have brains, you don’t need to pay attention to something as frivolous as your appearance. Law students are probably the only exceptions, but in every other faculty wearing makeup is pretty much frowned upon. That’s also Anne-Fleur’s dilemma. She’s almost the only girl she knows that wears a bit of foundation, mascara, and so on. Sometimes she finds it hard to have to explain to people why she does that.

I used the darkest shade of NYX Rock and Roll trio on her outer corners, Urban Decay Verve as a light wash, and Urban Decay Booty Call for her inner corners. I also patted some Booty Call on the center of her eye lids to brighten her eyes up. Because Anne-Fleur has cute puppy eyes and I didn’t want it to seem obvious that the outer corners droop a little, I only lined the inner 2/3 of her upper lash line. Some mascara and Dior Addict Extreme in Lucky later, she was done!

We went to a book cafe after that for a bite to eat and took some photos of her. Doesn’t she look happy?

Here is the close-up of her eyes.

I think the NYX shade and Lucky definitely look better on her than they do on me!

Anne-Fleur also write a little paragraph about what she thinks of the play date, and here it is:

Because you’re worth it… A statement that catches your eye while watching your TV on a lazy Sunday, or while stopping by at the perfumery on a shopping trip with your girlfriends. Due to the high frequency by which the famous slogan of L’Oréal passes you by, you might no longer reflect on its meaning. I did, when I spent a delightful afternoon with the lovely lady who runs this blog. I was lucky enough to have her arrange my makeup, while being treated with some useful tips and tricks. The result: I felt feminine and beautiful. Like I was worth it. A feeling each of us should have. And I captured it, on a bright Friday afternoon – with a big smile on my face and an ever bigger thank you to Sunny!

To be honest I was really really flattered to read this paragraph! While I by no means encourage everyone to wear makeup, I find it a real pity that people feel the pressure to not wear any when they want to wear some. It always takes a lot of courage to be the odd one out, but I hope Anne-Fleur will go on having fun and looking the way SHE WANTS TO in the future!

Isn’t she so gorgeous and happy? Thanks so much Anne-Fleur for spending a lovely afternoon with us. I truly hope you have taken some positive vibe from our meeting and you’re going to keep being who you want to be!

What do you guys think? Have you ever been criticized or questioned for how much makeup you wear/don’t wear? Is this Belle de Jour series something you would like to see from time to time?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Swatch & Review: Dior Addict Extreme Takes You from Day to Night, from Girl Next Door to Femme Fatale in Incognito (316), Plaza (476), Lucky (536), Riviera (639)

Hey everybody,

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a good one! Spring is on full-blast in Belgium, and it’s hard not to want to twirl around or wear a nice bright lipstick!

If you’re still looking for a perfect spring lipstick, I’m here to show you four Dior Addict Extreme candidates including Incognito, Plaza, Lucky, and Riviera!

Incognito (316) is a pinky beige nude. Let me just say it is next to impossible to find a nude that doesn’t wash me out, but Incognito is nearly there. I think with darker eyes and some blush I will be able to make it work!

Plaza (476) is a mauvy pink. This is a shade that I quite unexpectedly fell in love with, and it pairs oh-so-well with MAC Sunday Afternoon!

Lucky is a cool-toned red. I thought I would look horrible with one, but with the glossiness and sheerness I can actually manage! With that said, if you want to experiment with a color that you usually shy away from, I think this range is a good jumping board because nothing is too opaque or stark!

Riviera virtually curls my toes! It’s an almost neon tangerine when you build it up throughout the day, but otherwise it’s just a friendly, juicy orange.

See, isn’t it a shade that makes you want to make some noise?

Now the arm swatch in case you want to see it as well:

Packaging-wise these definitely live up to what you would expect from a luxury makeup brand. The dark blue plastic cape and the silver part look very elegant together. It is slightly chunkier than an average lipstick, but no detail about Addict Extreme doesn't speak class! It has a faint perfumery scent like most luxury lipstick, but it is not very strong and is hardly noticeable after application. The formula is sheer and glossy. In one pass they give you a sheer layer of color. However, you can definitely blot it out and add a second one if you want more impact. The texture is absolutely adorable. It glides on beautifully without tugging, sinking into fine lines, or looking uneven. In fact, it feels better than most lip balms I have tried, and they are very moisturizing. I have spent the past week or so wearing only these, and at the end of the day my lips are always soft and supple. It’s quite an achievement considering my lips tend to dry out fast without a balm! Wear time isn't the forte of Addict Extreme. The glossy balmy feeling disappears after about two hours or so. However, the pigment stays even after food and drinks. The BEAUTIFUL part of this lipstick is the fact that with the long-lasting pigment, if you reapply the color just adds up. Imagine waking up in the morning and wanting something easy, Addict Extreme has you covered. If you want to go more dramatic by the end of the day, perhaps for a hot date or a girls’ night out, Addict Extreme STILL has you covered. If you carry one in your bag you’re ready for everything! Removing is also easy-breezy, not a bloody battle which is amazing considering how well the pigment lasts!

Bottom line: If you’re looking for opaque colors, skip Dior Addict Extreme. If you’re looking for a lipstick with an excellent formula, incredible versatility, and cheerful color range, then you should definitely look into it!

What do you think? Have you tried any Dior Addict Extremes? Is there anything that caught your eye?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator

PS: I have worn Riviera (both the Addict Extreme and Vernis) in this FOTD/NOTD if you would like to see. I will definitely do more so keep your eyes peeled! Also, the swatch/review of the Vernis is coming soon so you can look forward to that!

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.